Verdant Valley Eye Opener
Lynn Hemming and I, along with eight others from Grace Lutheran Church, attended a women’s retreat at the Alberta 4H Camp site west of Pigeon Lake on the weekend. Ashley (Hemming) Green presented her workshop – Love Letters to Strangers which she does in numerous communities and mainly in Edmonton. It is a volunteer project of hers and she has been on Edmonton TV stations many times talking about it. She was also named among the top 200 people in Edmonton to make a difference with her volunteer work. 47 women from the Red Deer, Camrose, Wetaskiwin, Didsbury and Drumheller areas were there to take part. Ashley’s grandma Helen presented a Bible study relating to her presentation.
Congratulations to two young people in our community who were, on April 12, 2016, presented with their gold level Duke of Edinburgh awards. There were three gold award recipients in Drumheller. We are proud of Raine McDougald and Avril Wilson who have achieved this honour. The Duke of Edinburgh program was started locally in 2011 in partnership with the RCMP. This self-development program is built up of three levels – Bronze, Silver and Gold. Both Avril and Raine have achieved their bronze and silver levels. The require- ments for gold level are 60 hours of Community service over a 12 month period, 50 hours of physical activity over 25 weeks, a skill activity maintained over a 12 month period, a three night adventurous journey, and a residential project. To fulfill these requirements Avril did some of these things – Skill activity, drawing and sketching; Adventure Journey – a five day four night camping expedition on foot; Physical activity – football; Residential project - Titan’s trip to Hawaii. Raine’s activities to achieve her gold were – Physical activity – volleyball, figure skating, dance and running; Service – 4H volunteering and fundraising for trips and volunteering as a program assistant for figure skating; Adventure Journey – trail rides, 4H exchange trip to and from Oxford Ontario, ASLC in Edmonton and “Badlands to Banff Ride” trip; Residential project – EF trip to Switzerland, Italy, Monaco and French Riviera. Another requirement of their program was to keep a detailed account of their participation. I may have missed some of their activities as it is hard to keep up with these two, active young women. There will be an award ceremony in Calgary on June 24, 2016 when all levels of medalists will receive their awards. There are only three of these ceremonies held in Canada this year so this is a very special event. Once again our hats off to all these young people who take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards. This program is carried out in 130 countries in the world and Drumheller was the first community in Alberta to introduce it. Well done everyone connected to this valuable program.
Happy birthday last week to Sandra (Shadlock) Martynes on April 29, Fred Ewing on April 30 and Marilyn Thomas on May 3.
Missed wedding congratulations to Deana (Poland) and Rob Lehne on April 26. Hope you had a good day.
The Larsen family had a busy winter! Kirby played hockey on the Delia Fun Team and Martin was assistant coach. Kim was head coach of the Delia Skating Club and coached the CanSkate and StarSkate programs. Both Kirby and Kylie took part in the CanSkate program. Kirby completed his stage three badge and Kylie completed stage one. Kylie took the silver medal in the FunSkate competition in Hanna. Kylie has also been taking ballet and tap lessons with the Tricia Hatch School of Dance in Drumheller and is looking forward to her recital in May. Both Kirby and Kylie are playing ball in Delia this spring, Kylie in T-ball and Kirby in “Rookie”. Kirby’s team will be part of the Chinook Ball League so will be playing teams in Delburne, Trochu and Drumheller. What an active family! Have a good summer!